Two Orange County Executives Appointed to Greater Irvine Board of Directors

Monday, November 01, 2021

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Two executives from organizations in Orange County have been appointed to the Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors, Chris Arias, director of Business & Community Partnerships, MemorialCare, and Kathy Lamm, owner and operator of the Lamm Agency - Farmers Insurance. Their three-year term began Nov. 1.

Meet the new Board members:

Chris Arias

“I am honored and humbled to join the Board of Directors of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce,” Arias said. “The Chamber continues to be the premier resource for Orange County’s business community, and I am thrilled to work alongside such motivated and talented leaders dedicated to Irvine’s economic growth.”

Serving MemorialCare since 2014, Arias leads a team focused on building relationships with area employers, brokers, benefits consultants, health plan partners, and non-profit organizations in support of keeping our communities healthy. Previously, Arias served at UCI Health for two years. He has held roles in accounting, finance, internal audit and was a consultant for organizations including PIH Health Downey Hospital, the San Diego County Health & Human Services Dept., the Los Angeles County Healthcare system, and U.S. Department of the Treasury Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and accounting from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kathy Lamm

"The Chamber has played a pivotal role in the growth of my business, the development of my professional network, and hands down, one of the best decisions I've made. I am grateful for such an amazing group of trusted peers and honored to be part of this great team,” Lamm said.

Lamm has more than 35 years of experience in financial services. She built the full-service insurance and financial services Lamm Agency - Farmers Insurance, to serve and protect individuals and business clients. Kathy has been a Greater Irvine Chamber member for nearly 10 years and is a long-term Leads Group member, serving in several leadership roles. Lamm serves as vice-chair on the Board of Leadership Tomorrow - Orange County. She earned an MBA from Pepperdine University, George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.

“Chris Arias and Kathy Lamm bring valuable perspectives to the Greater Irvine Chamber’s diverse Board of Directors,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber. “Their input will serve the Chamber well as they understand what makes Irvine the ideal environment for organizations in their respective fields to achieve their goals and grow. We are proud to welcome Chris and Kathy to serve on our Board of Directors alongside other leading Orange County executives.”

2021-2022 Board of Directors Executive Committee:

Carlos Oregon – Chair
President/CEO, Thinkbox Technology Group

Paul Simonds – Vice Chair
Vice President, Curt Pringle & Associates

Diane Blake – Committee Chair, Hotel Improvement District
General Manager, Sonesta Irvine

Kate Klimow – Member at Large
Chief Administrative Officer & Director of External Relations, UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Kelley Lee – Committee Chair, Government Affairs
Government Relations Manager, Local Public Affairs, SoCalEdison

Brian Montes - Committee Chair, Economic Vitality Council
Founder, Scaleocity Works

Eric Morgan – Member at Large
Vice President, Community Affairs, FivePoint

Barry Rodolff – General Counsel
President, The Rodolff Law Firm, APC

Scott Schultz – Treasurer
Financial Services Professional, Axiom Financial and Insurance Solutions


2021-2022 Board of Directors Members:

Vivian Atkinson, Owner, Express Employment Professionals

Mayssa Attar, Vice President, Non-Clinical Pharmacology, Allergan, an AbbVie company

Andrew Bernstein, Shareholder, Jackson Tidus

Massis Chahbazian, President and CEO, The Printery

Susan DeGrassi, VP, Administration & Cause, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing

Barry Draskovich, PMP, Vice President, Program and Contract Management, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace

Rachel D. Lee, Head of Local and Finance Partnerships, Google

Jeff Garner, President of Business Relations, Orange County Soccer Club

Janeen Hill, Dean, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University Rinker Health Science Campus

Dov Lazarus, Shareholder, HBLA Certified Public Accountants, Inc.

Dianne Markis, General Manager, Marriott Irvine Spectrum

Nisha Morris, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, City of Hope Orange Coast

Scott Norton, Director Strategic Partnerships, Hoag Health

Lanae O’ShieldsPublic Affairs Manager, SoCal Gas

Tania Peña, Chief Brand Officer, OmniPrint International, Inc.

Robert Santana, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange County

Lisa Thomas, Principal / CEO, Main Street Marketing Partners

Category: Greater Irvine Chamber, Board of Directors, Orange County, MemorialCare